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Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Interview with Alex Bratty...Best Selling Author of "From Chaos to Clarity" and Speaker

Alex Bratty

Alex Bratty, a best selling author, certified coach and professional speaker who can't imagine her life without Sunny. You'll have to read all of the interview to figure out who Sunny is. She's inspirational, and I'm sure you will enjoy learning more about her.

Tell me a little bit about yourself and where you’re from and hobbies.
I was born and raised in Belfast, Northern Ireland. After high school I studied dual honors in Business Studies and French at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland (with my junior year spent in France). During the summers I worked for a company in Philadelphia who ultimately offered me a full-time job upon graduation and sponsored me for my green card. What an amazing opportunity! I grabbed it and never looked back. Since moving to the States in 1997, I’ve lived in Philadelphia, New Jersey, Washington DC, and now I’m out west in Las Vegas.
I used to play field hockey competitively throughout high school and college, but a bad knee injury meant I had to hang up my cleats. After that I got into long-distance running, and ran the Philadelphia marathon along with other shorter distance road races. More recently, I’ve moved in a different direction with my athletic hobbies. I hike and enjoy the beautiful outdoors in Nevada, I practice Bikram yoga, and I’ve been learning aerial silks for just over a year – it’s so challenging, but a LOT of fun!

Do you get to visit Ireland (your home country) often? Do you miss it and are you thrilled that you’re a U.S. citizen?
I try to get back across the pond every other year since my whole family still live there and I have friendships that I’ve maintained all these years of me being Stateside. Of course, they also come here to visit me – especially now that I’m in Vegas!
I can honestly say that becoming a U.S. Citizen was one of the proudest moments of my life. It took a long time and a lot of paperwork to get there – about four years to get my green card and then a five-year waiting period before I could apply for citizenship – so I was definitely ready for the big day when it rolled around.

How did you decide to become a life coach?
It was interesting and winding roads that lead me to coaching. I was first exposed to life coaching when I hired my own coach several years ago. I was feeling very stuck and unfulfilled in my professional life and I knew I had some big decisions to make because I didn’t want to be living the same overworked, overloaded life for too much longer. So I started seeing a life coach to bring in an objective perspective and it opened up a whole new world for me. I immersed myself in personal development books and workshops and I started getting real clarity about what mattered most to me.
Once I made the decision to leave the firm where I had worked for the last 11 years and been a partner for five, I began to evaluate lots of different options for the future. I kept coming back to my desire to help people and make a positive impact in whatever I chose to do next. I realized I could do that by becoming a life coach so I set about getting my training and certification.  At the time it seemed like a 180 degree turn from my 15-year career in corporate research. But I soon realized that I was essentially taking a lot of the skills I had honed during that time and applying them in a different way. It was fun to make the transition and have all these little epiphanies along the way!

What’s rewarding about being a life coach?
It’s seeing the aha moments, the breakthroughs, and the progress my clients make as we work together. It’s a privilege to be able to help others navigate their life challenges just as I once was coached through mine. I know I’m making a difference in a very real and tangible way. Several clients share a similar story to mine – they’re feeling unfulfilled and burnt out in their careers, or stressed and overwhelmed with how much they’ve got going on. As we work together, they’re able to get relief, clarity about what they truly want, and a plan for how to take action to get there. I wake up every day excited to serve my clients in the best way I can.

Your book “From Chaos to Clarity: Getting Unstuck & Creating a Life You Love”, please tell me about it and what inspired you to write it.
The book is essentially a roadmap for how to get unstuck. I weave my own story through it, but it’s not a memoir or biography by any means. It’s intended to serve the reader with practical processes and exercises at the end of each chapter that are designed to help them get unstuck and moving forward again.

I wrote it because so many of us get stuck at some point in our lives. I hear it all the time, from my clients and when I’m out talking with groups – so many people find themselves with these feelings of frustration and anxiety about where their life is headed and they just don’t know how to change it. Since I’ve also been in that stuck place, I wanted to write a book that addresses the issue head-on and provide a step-by-step guide for how to find clarity, take back control, and create a life that’s truly fulfilling and joyful.

Who is your favorite author and what’s your favorite book?
For non-fiction, I have to go with the classic, “You Can Heal Your Life” by Louise Hay. This was the very first personal development book I read on my own self-discovery journey and it had a tremendous impact. I think I’ve read it three or four times and I always pick up something new with each review.
When it comes to fiction, I’m a fan of detective novels, so anything by Michael Connelly, David Sandford, Robert Crais, and David Baldacci is a winner with me. My Kindle is packed with their books!

If you were stranded on a desert island, what movie would you take with you to watch?
“Point Break”… Not the remake that just came out; the original with Patrick Swayze and Keanu Reeves.

Tell me three things about you that you want the readers to know about Alex.
1.       After many years of having no pets and no kids, I got a Golden Retriever a year and half ago and suddenly became a “dog person.”  Her name is Sunny and I can’t imagine life without her – she is just one big bundle of love and positive energy.

2.       As I mentioned earlier, I used to play field hockey at a competitive level. Over the years I managed to get a black-eye twice – the scar from one of these incidents is still visible above my left eye almost 25 years later! These days, I’ve chosen some less combative ways to stay in shape, including hiking, aerial silks, and yoga (I’m still not convinced my body can make some of the shapes…ever!)

3.       My weaknesses include devouring fries doused in salt, malt vinegar, and ketchup as well as plowing through monster bags of salt & vinegar chips.

Who do you look up to?
The person I respect most in my life is my husband. He is an amazing person, a cancer survivor, and he has accomplished so much – both personally and professionally.

I see that your twitter profile lists you in Las Vegas, what do you love about the city that never sleeps?
Most people think The Strip is Las Vegas. But there’s so much more to the city – the incredible scenery, fantastic state and national parks, and the opportunity to be outdoors virtually all year round. The summer months are very hot but the rest of the year is perfect for hiking and boating – two of our favorite hobbies. There are also many terrific locations within just a three to five hour drive: California beaches, Utah mountains, and the Grand Canyon in Arizona. So when the weather heats up we can easily escape to cooler climes.

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